Sugar and spice cookies recipe

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makes: 20
Skill: easy
Cost: cheap
Prep: 1 hr
Cooking: 20 min

Nutrition per portion

Calories 135 kCal 7%
Fat 4g 6%
  -  Saturates 1g 5%
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  • These pretty sugar and spice gingerbread men and heart-shaped cookies make a great Christmas treat. Make them into special but cost-effective gifts for your friends and family. They take an hour and 20 minutes to make and are a really fun bake to try with kids. Use any Christmas-themed cookie cutters if you don’t want to make them into gingerbread men and you can make them winter-themed instead!

    If you’re looking to try another delicious, spiced biscuit, why not have a go at the German biscuit lebkuchen. A tasty, soft biscuit that’s just like gingerbread.


    • 2 tbsp runny honey
    • 30g (1oz) unsalted butter
    • 60g (2oz) light muscovado sugar
    • 250g (8oz) self-raising flour
    • 1 tsp ground ginger
    • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
    • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon, plus 2-4 tbsp juice
    • 60g (2oz) ground almonds
    • 1 large egg
    • To decorate:
    • 50g (5oz) icing sugar, sieved
    • Silver balls
    • Parchment paper and baking sheets
    • 5cm (2in) biscuit cutters
    • Small plain piping nozzle
    • Paper piping bag


    • To make this cookie recipe, put the honey, butter and sugar into a small pan and stir over a low heat until the butter is melted.

    • Sieve the flour, ginger and cinnamon into a bowl. Add the lemon zest and ground almonds.

    • Pour the egg, melted mixture and lemon juice into the dry ingredients. Stir with a wooden spoon until the mixture comes together.

    • Knead the mixture on a lightly floured surface for a couple of mins, then wrap in cling film and pop in the freezer for 30 mins to firm up.

    • Set the oven to Gas Mark 4 or 180°C. Roll out the dough to a 5mm (¼in) thickness, on a parchment-lined surface, and stamp out the biscuit shapes. You should be able to get about 20. Push the tip of a tiny plain piping nozzle near the top edge of each biscuit, and lift out to make a hole.

    • Put the biscuits on to parchment-lined baking sheets. Bake for 15-20 mins until pale golden. Cool on a wire rack.

    • To decorate: Mix the icing sugar with 4 tsp hot water, to make a smooth icing. Spoon into a paper piping bag with the nozzle. Pipe icing on the biscuits and decorate with silver balls. Leave to set.

    Top tip for making Sugar and spice cookies

    To give: Thread ribbonthrough holes in biscuits.Wrap in cellophane. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week. Kids’ baking set £8.99, Ikea ( tin, £3.49,Butlers (

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